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Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS, United Nations Population Fund and United Nations Development Fund for Women
Women and HIV/AIDS: Confronting the Crisis
UNAIDS, UNFPA & UNIFEM, Geneva, 2004, 76 pp

"More than 20 years into the epidemic, women account for nearly half the 40 million people living with HIV worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa, 57 per cent of adults with HIV are women, and young women aged 15 to 24 are more than three times as likely to be infected as young men. Despite this alarming trend, women know less than men about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted and how to prevent infection, and what little they do know is often rendered useless by the discrimination and violence they face. This report is an urgent call to action to address the triple threat of gender inequality, poverty and HIV/AIDS. By tackling these forces simultaneously, we can reduce the spread of the epidemic and its devastating consequences."

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